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[Ask our Intern] What is Visual Facilitation, and Why Bother?

Our Intern sheds light on the difference between the Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation, and why you should seriously consider that for your next meeting.

Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation, sometimes you may hear them being used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two. Knowing which service you require will help avoid any confusion when discussing the details for your project. In the previous post, we talked about what is Graphic Recording. This time, I will attempt to explain what is graphic facilitation and why bother.

What is Graphic Facilitation?

To facilitate is to make easy. Hence, the role of a Visual Facilitator is to assist the process of a group meeting. In so doing, making it more focused and productive. Yay!

Graphic/Visual means that the facilitation process is done using visual tools. Not just simply writing and drawing on flipcharts and big boards, but to make the connections and arrive at the big picture.

How is that different from Graphic Recording?

Sounds like Graphic Recording? Well, same same but different!

Both Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation are visual practices. While Graphic Recording emphasises live capture of content during the meeting, Graphic Facilitation is more focused on driving the discussion process and outcomes. Hence, compared to the Graphic Recorder who often works silently at the side of the meeting, the Graphic Facilitator is more akin to an encouraging coach spurring the conversation.

The Visual Facilitator’s Role

As the Facilitator has to guide the discussion, he/she needs an understanding of the subject matter. Hence, the Facilitator would work with the client prior to co-create an agenda for the event. During the meeting, the Facilitator guides the discussion. He/she may support in capturing the content, or work with a Scribe on how the output can be captured in a useful way. Same with Graphic Recording, the client gets to keep the visual output after the meting. Depending on the nature of the work, the Graphic Facilitator may further advise the client on how to make use of the visuals and future steps to achieve their goals.

Are you looking for a Graphic Recorder or Graphic Facilitator? Have a no-obligations consultation with our compliments. Contact us at hello@picturepeopleplan.com

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  • I want to make my meeting speeches fun and easy to understand. I like how you mention Graphic Recording is a visual practice. Thank you for the information. I’ll contact a Graphic recording service so they can teach me how to make graphic recordings.

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